I thought I would leave this Sunday’s Pentecost reflection to a favourite scriptural scholar of mine, Fr Michael Fallon.
‘The Spirit of the Lord holds all things together’. Whatever ugliness there is in our world, it is on the surface. The real power and the real energy and the real life that is pulsing through the universe is the power and energy of love: the love of God’s Holy Spirit. Today’s feast reminds us that the Spirit of God’s love is forever with us. Our task is to lift the blind and open the curtains and welcome God’s presence in our lives. Hence the response to this Sunday’s Psalm: ‘Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth’. The second theme of this coming Sunday’s Mass is that God wills to renew the face of the earth through us. In our opening prayer we prayed that the Spirit would ‘continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe’. We are disciples of Jesus and look at the love which he released in this world! So that he could continue to do it through us, he sent his own Spirit on the apostles [at Pentecost] in the form of tongues of fire, and we pray coming Sunday ‘Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love’.
Our Athletics carnival was held today Barton Park Parramatta. A great community day was conducted with our four CTK sports houses competing in a variety of field and track events as well as series of activities facilitated by SISA who have been working each week with the children throughout semester one, for the CTK Athletics Shield. The carnival also served as a selection trial for the upcoming Hills Zone Athletics carnival in early term 3. Thank you to our parents who attended the carnival as spectators or who took on various official roles throughout the day. A special thanks to our teachers who worked closely with Mr Debrincat who organised and facilitated a great day where many PBs were achieved. Well done and thank you to all who contributed to the success of the carnival.
Thank you to all our parents who prepare their children’s uniforms each day. Our students look great and take pride in wearing their uniforms. Several students however are not in the correct winter uniform as specified in the 2019 parent handbook. Boys are to ensure they are wearing a tie with their long sleeve shirt. It is also a requirement that black leather school shoes are worn with both the boys and girls school uniforms. Joggers and sports socks above the ankle [no ankle socks] are only permitted on the days that students wear their sports uniforms. Your co-operation and assistance in these matter will be greatly appreciated.
The TTFM [Tell Them From Me] Parent School Survey is currently open and will close Friday week at the COB on Friday 14th June. I encourage all parents to complete the survey on your electronic device by using the URL : www.tellthemfromme.com/2019ctknr
Your feedback is crucial in evaluating the management of our school and the education of your children. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please take the time to complete this anonymous survey. Thank you.
Just a reminder that our next Staff Development Day will be held on Monday 17th June Week 8. The day will have a literacy focus where by staff will be visiting schools observing best practice in regards to literacy blocks and our whole school language development. There will be no classes on this day. Our CTK COHSC will be available on the day to supervise children whose parents require child care. Details regarding the booking process will go out through COHSC tomorrow.
Enjoy a restful and safe weekend.